Irish Rep's The Belle of Belfast Opens Off-Broadway Tonight

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Irish Repertory Theatre presents the New York premiere of Nate Rufus Edelman’s The Belle of Belfast, which officially opens April 23 featuring Patricia Conolly (Rasheeda Speaking, Is He Dead?) and helmed by award-winning stage and screen director Claudia Weill.

Patricia Conolly
Patricia Conolly

Performances run through June 7 at the DR2 Theatre; previews began April 15.

A stage, film and television director, Weill is known for her direction of the 1975 acclaimed classic indie film, "Girlfriends." She directs a cast that features Conolly, Hamish Allan-Headly, Arielle Hoffman, Kate Lydic and Billy Meleady.

Set in 1985 in Belfast, Ireland, The Belle of Belfast is centered on fiery Anne Malloy, who drinks and smokes her days away with her chubby best friend. When Anne turns to her parish priest for comfort, her troubles begin to increase. It is billed as a "wry and bittersweet portrait of a city at war."

The show features scenic design by John McDermott, costume design by Terese Wadden, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Daniel Kluger and projections by Jeff Larson. Stephen Gabis is the dialect coach, and the production stage manager is Christine Lemme.

Nate Rufus Edelman is a writer and director for the stage and screen. His theatre works have been produced at Cherry Lane and The Vineyard Off-Broadway.

The DR2 Theatre is located at 103 East 15th St., New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or phone (212) 727-2737.

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